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How does Caveat work?

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One of the fonts available (to me) on Google Docs is Caveat. The following is in 18-point Caveat on Google Docs:

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I found that Caveat is available at https://github.com/googlefonts/caveat/tree/master/fonts/TTF, from which I downloaded it. I then typed the same text in Microsoft Word and this resulted:

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Notice that, in the latter screenshot, each letter has the same shape wherever it appears. In the former, however, there are multiple shapes for the same letter. My question, then, is twofold:

  1. Why the difference? Why doesn't the font appear the same way in both places?
  2. In the first screenshot, the same letter appears in very similar contexts but with different shapes. What determines the shape each time? In other words, what rules are applied for each letter to determine which shape it will have?
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Note that variant glyphs is NOT a feature of TrueType fonts. It is a feature of OpenType. The Caveat font is also available as OTF (https://github.com/googlefonts/caveat/tree/master/fonts/OTF). However, i have no insight into OpenType's glyph variation rules nor to which degree OTF's are usable in Word. Thus, i would like to leave an answer to somebody who can address your question more thoroughly... ‭elgonzo‭ about 1 month ago

Thanks, @razetime ! ‭msh210‭ about 1 month ago

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